The Mayor Pledged Subsidized Child Care. The New Council Speaker Wants To Make It Happen.

1/24/2022 10:29:00 PM

Mayor Adams has called the creation of a program a “moral imperative” for the city.

While campaigning, Mayor Adams pledged to institute an affordable, city-subsidized child care program. If the City Council approves, advocates say hundreds of thousands of families will no longer have to choose between work and caring for children.

Mayor Adams has called the creation of a program a “moral imperative” for the city.

Reddit Email Mayor Eric Adams, offers remarks at the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.07:54 New York City's new mayor, Eric Adams, plans to convert his first paycheck this week into two cryptocurrencies, which he has been hyping as a potential economic engine for the city.his administration with former City Council members who are allies from both sides of the aisle.Mayor Eric Adams overlooks southern Manhattan from the Empire State Building on January 18th.

C.on January 20th.Cryptocurrency prices continue to decline with bitcoin dropping to a five-month low Friday at $38,568.arrow Mayor Eric Adams, offers remarks at the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.Team Adams also previously recruited ex-Staten Island Borough President James Oddo to work as chief of staff to the deputy mayor of operations Meera Joshi.C.Etherium, the second largest cryptocurrency after bitcoin, fell more than 12.on January 20th.As he settles in as the chief executive of the biggest municipal workforce in the country, Adams has painted New York City’s bureaucracy in blistering terms, accusing its agencies of dysfunction, incompetence and mismanagement.

Mayoral Photography Office During his campaign, Mayor Eric Adams pledged a plan to institute an affordable, city-subsidized child care program, billed to aid struggling families unable to independently afford the service.Hot jobs in 2022: Creators and marketers of non-fungible tokens The Democrat's office announced Thursday that Adams' first salary payment will be deposited with Coinbase, an online platform used for buying cryptocurrency, and then converted into ethereum and bitcoin.He’s is a former public school teacher who represented south Brooklyn on the Council from 2014 through last year.In a policy brief he released last summer offering the contours of his plan, Adams called the plan a “moral imperative” for the city.The plan, which he calls “Ucare,” would be available to low-income families with children ages 0 to 3."Being on the forefront of such innovation will help us create jobs, improve our economy, and continue to be a magnet for talent from all over the globe.While it’s unclear exactly what this entails, Adams said the initiative will be affordable or simply free daycare — building off the city’s current Pre-K and 3K programs for children under 5.Brigitte Stelzer for NY Post “Mark Treyger’s one of our greatest champions for public schools,” Adams tweeted Wednesday.As he settles into his mayoralty, the prospect of implementing Ucare got a boost from an influential supporter of a plan: New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams.S.You can't be there just going through the motions.

Should the City Council approve the initiative, hundreds of thousands of families will no longer be forced to choose between working and caring for their child, advocates say.Still, officials on both sides of City Hall have yet to cite the cost of such an undertaking or where the money will come from.08:35 Adams' use of his public office to promote the crypto industry drew criticism from at least one upstate New York environmental group, Seneca Lake Guardian, which noted that creating and managing cryptocurrency can consume enormous amounts of energy, often produced by power plants that contribute to climate change.Garodnick heads the Riverside Park Conservancy, where he earned $254,269 annually, according to the nonprofit’s 2019 tax filing.A December 2020 report by the Citizens’ Committee for Children found the average cost of daycare center services is $18,746 a year — or a third of the median household income for families in the city.But that figure consumes even more take-home pay for lower-income families, reaching as high as 65%, according to the report.State Attorney General Letitia James has investigated cryptocurrency trading platforms and warned last year that investors"should proceed with extreme caution when investing in virtual currencies.“We're going to work together, all levels of government, to do what we can to actually pass a universal child care system for New Yorkers,” the speaker told WNYC's Brian Lehrer on Friday.William Farrington for NY Post The Mayor’s Office didn’t return messages seeking salary information for both Garodnick and Oddo, who hauled in $160,000 as borough president.The mayor said he would not call for furloughs to any civil servants.

In brief remarks at the U.Adams has suggested that cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, a digital ledger where cybercurrency transactions are recorded, should be taught in schools.S.Conference of Mayors on Thursday, his first since being sworn into office, the mayor said the lack of affordable child care across the city has forced parents into an impossible situation.They don't have a country's government backing them, a central bank, interest rates, or a long history of exchange rates against other currencies.Share this article:.“Any working-class or low-income parent who cannot work because they cannot find affordable child care will be trapped in a negative economic cycle forever,” Mayor Adams said in his remarks.“With the child care initiatives put forward by the White House and majorities in both houses of Congress, we can free them from that cycle.

” In his plan, Adams would expand the number of appropriate child care sites across residential, office and other private buildings through subsidies and tax breaks to owners in exchange for free or affordable space.The lower overhead will help make child care cheaper.But despite enthusiasm to implement affordable child care, Mayor Adams suggested the proposal requires federal funds that have yet to materialize.While not explicitly mentioning it, such monies would likely come from the federal Build Back Better Act, a spending package that has since stalled in Congress.Under the current, near $2 trillion proposal, a total of $100 billion spread over three years would be set aside for states to expand child care options.

Currently, the city receives federal stimulus monies to fund the 3K programs created under then-Mayor Bill de Blasio.But Jessica Sager, co-founder and CEO of All Our Kin, a national family child care advocacy group, said monies already exist in the budget for expanded child care.They could come in the form of general funds, which have no restrictive use.“The city can use general funds now to take early action and can even think about establishing a tax levy, for example, to raise city-specific funding for care,” Sager said, adding that for Ucare to be truly universal it needs to provide those services to the city’s “infant-toddler child care deserts” — areas where demand is high but supply is low.Sager noted that child care programs are essential to children’s brain development, keeping providers employed, and helping parents stay in the workforce.

“If we want to reopen the city; if we want to get the economy back on track; if we want to make it possible for parents, especially women, to work, we absolutely must invest in child care,” Sager said.“Investing in care now would actually save money in the city’s budget later on.” The prospect of expanded child care options stood as a signature talking point among some of the mayor’s rivals in the Democratic primary, notably Maya Wiley, a progressive Democrat.Under her plan , families identified as high need would receive between $5,000 and $10,000 to put towards a child care provider.A similar plan is already being explored on the state level, with state Senators Jessica Ramos and Jahbari Brisport having introduced legislation last month to expand child care access across the state.

Funding for these new programs, which would be given directly to operators, would originate through an unspecified “small tax” against big businesses.Speaker Adams asserted Friday that members have expressed support for the creation of the program, during her WNYC interview.Some supporters include Manhattan Councilmember Carmen De La Rosa, who represents Washington Heights and Inwood.She said her support comes from personal experience: when she ran in the Assembly five years ago, she found herself relying on family members to take care of her then baby girl, because she couldn’t afford daycare.“I think the cheapest one I could find in my neighborhood was like $250 a week at that time,” De La Rosa.

“I couldn’t afford that on one paycheck, in one household, because I was on leave at work.” In the Bronx, Shanette Linton, a family child care provider in Pelham Parkway, considered the proposal a win-win for families struggling to find affordable care and ensuring her overhead needs are met.“There’s so much money that’s going into child care and some parents just don’t have it,” Linton said.“They’re either thinking about, ‘Should I pay my rent or should I pay child care?’” Both the speaker and the mayor, however, have not indicated just when they would begin tackling the subject.Sager, of All Our Kin, said the city should seize the chance sooner than later.

“The city has an opportunity to be the leader, the trailblazer, the place that everyone points to in having gotten this right,” Sager.NYC news never sleeps.Get the Gothamist Daily newsletter and don't miss a moment.newsletter signup arrow Terms By submitting your information, you're agreeing to receive communications from New York Public Radio in accordance with our.

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NYC families desperately need this to pass and be implemented immediately. Childcare is absolutely bankrupting, and the private financing of daycare only exists to trap parents, most often mothers, out of the job market. NYC daycare can easily cost more than $25k a year per child

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